PRESS RELEASE – At their September board meeting, the Bourne Braves elected Chuck Sturtevant to be new general manager, effective November 1st, replacing Mike Carrier. Former Falmouth GM Dan Dunn will be the Braves’ assistant GM. Sturtevant previously served as Falmouth GM and for the past three years has been vice president of the Cape League and overseen finances for the CCBL All-Star Game at Fenway Park.
“The Braves are very excited to have Chuck join our team, “said Bourne Braves president Tom Fink. “He has not only accumulated a variety of skills over his 28 years in the League, but is also very well-respected in our Cape Cod Community. The Braves are looking forward to a fabulous year!”
The Hyannis Harbor Hawks announced that Michael Letzeisen has been selected as their new general manager. Michael is Director of Sports Administration for the ECAC, served on the CCBL All-Star Committee and is new social media director for the CCBL. He succeeds Bill Bussiere, who resigned from Hyannis after being named the GM of the Year after an outstanding season for the Harbor Hawks. Michael is chair of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Sports Advisory Panel.
POLK NAMED WAREHAM ASSISTANT – The Wareham Gatemen Baseball have announced the hiring of former Mississippi St. baseball coach, Ron Polk who will join the team as bench coach in 2012. He currently ranks 8th on the all-time wins list with a 1373-702-2 record. His teams made it to the NCAA tournament 21 times and reached the College World Series eight times.
THE AMAZING STORY OF BILL STEWART – Bill Stewart, an OF/P who played in the Cape League, was the first International League player to enlist in World War I, June 1917. Stewart coached at BU in 1921, managed semi-pro teams and scouted for the Red Sox. He was a NL umpire for 22 seasons, 1933-1955, worked five World Series and was plate umpire for Johnny Vander Meer‘s second no-hitter in 1938. He was an NHL referee and coached the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 1938-39, becoming the first American coach to win the Stanley Cup. Stewart coached the MIT hockey team for seven years. His grandson, Paul, was a player in the WHA and NHL, is a retired NHL official, former Dennis-Yarmouth hockey coach and is currently supervisor of officials for the ECAC.
OLD-TIMERS IN THE CCBL – According to a Falmouth Enterprise article from Sept. 9, 1938, several players who went on to the major leagues played in the CCBL in the years between World Wars I and II. That list was compiled by Tom Murray of Jamaica Plain, who umpired in the Cape League from 1911-34. The CCBL alumni list includes former Boston pitcher and long-time scout Wilfred “Lefty” Lefevre (Holy Cross), who hit a HR over the Green Monster in his first at-bat with Boston on June 10, 1938. He was baseball coach at Brown from 1949-63. Others included Claude Davidson (Brown), Phil A’s, who served as president of New England League, 1926-49; Eddie Gill (Holy Cross), Washington 1919; Horace “Hod” Ford (Tufts), Boston Braves, Reds, Brooklyn infielder, 1919-33; Harold “Pie” Traynor, Pirates – CCBL Hall of Famer 3B who hit .414 for Falmouth in 1919; “Jumpin” Joe Dugan (Holy Cross), Red Sox, Yankees, 1917-32, roommate of Babe Ruth – played by Bruce Boxleitner in the 1992 movie, “The Babe”, Bill Cronin (Newton, MA), Boston Braves,1928-31; John Collins “Blondy” Ryan (Holy Cross) Giants/Phillies/Yankees/White Sox, 1930-1938; Robert “Red” Rolfe (Dartmouth), who played shortstop for Orleans in 1930. Rolfe played with New York Yankees from1933-42, batting .289 in 1,175 games. His best season came in 1939, when he compiled 213 hits, 139 runs scored, and 46 doubles while hitting .329 with 14 HR and 80 RBI. Danny “Deacon” MacFayden posted a 9-2 record leading Osterville to its second straight CCBL title in 1925, before switching to Falmouth in ‘26 and hurling a one-hitter against Hyannis. He signed with the Red Sox and led the AL with four shutouts in ‘29 and enjoyed a 17-year career before coaching at Hebron Academy and Bowdoin.
CCBL ALUMNI: Where Are They Now? – Jacoby Ellsbury (Falmouth ’04) joined the 30-30 club Sunday when he clouted his 29th and 30th homers in a 6-2 opening loss vs. the NY Yankees and then slugged a game-winning, 3-run HR in the 14th inning of a 7-4 nightcap win. He has now belted 32 HR and stolen 38 bases this season… Ryan Braun (Brewster ’06) of Milwaukee leads the NL with a .333 batting avg. and is fourth with 110 RBI…Lance Berkman (Wareham ’96) of St. Louis is hitting .298 for the Cards… Brian Wilson (Hyannis ’02) of San Francisco is seventh in the NL with 36 saves… Despite a 13-14 record, SF Giants’ RHP Tim Lincecum (Harwich ’05) ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.74 ERA.
DID YOU KNOW – Former Cape Leaguer Thurman Munson (Chatham ‘67) hit .424 during the summer of 1967 and three years later was named AL Rookie of the Year for the NY Yankees when he batted .302 and was named AL MVP in 1976 when he hit .302 with 17 HR and 105 RBI.
EX/COM MEETING – The next Cape League executive committee meeting will be held Oct. 12 at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center at 6 p.m.
GENTLEMEN’S SMOKER A SUCCESS – The annual Gentlemen’s Smoker fund-raiser for the Cape League was held Sept. 8 at the Chatham Bars Inn. The fun-filled evening included a cocktail reception followed by dinner and a large-item raffle with former Red Sox right-hander Luis Tiant as guest speaker.
John Garner, Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
Geoff Converse, Senior Editor